remedies and other uses


Kill Head Lice

Apply olive oil directly to the hair and scalp and massage evenly. Wrap the head in plastic wrap, tucking in all the hair. Place a plastic shower cap over the head. Wrap with a towel and cover tightly. Leave the towel on overnight. The next day remove the towel and plastic wrap. Comb the hair, removing the coating and as many nits as possible. Shampoo to clean the hair and scalp. This many require repeated efforts, so use a gentle shampoo.

Remedy for sunburn

Olive oil is not a sunscreen, but can be used on small cuts, abrasions, and reddened skin. Combine equal parts olive oil and chamomile tea in a mixing bowl and beat until thick. Apply to the affected area.

Soothe dry skin

Combine equal parts olive oil and water in a mixing bowl and beat until thick. Apply to the affected area.

Skin ointment

Combine 16 ounces olive oil and 1 ½ ounces beeswax in a saucepan over low heat. Stir until the beeswax is melted and the mixture is smooth. Cool, then apply to chapped skin. Store in a covered jar in a cool place.

Relieve muscle cramps

Combine equal amounts of olive oil and clove oil. Dip a small towel in hot water, squeeze and place over the affected muscle. Remove the towel and massage the oil mixture into the heated muscle.

Insect repellant

Lightly rub olive oil onto exposed skin. Mosquitoes are less likely to bite.

Suffocate a tick

Drop olive oil on the pest and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. If the tick does not back out, or has been attached to the skin for more than two hours, see your doctor.

Skin moisturizing formula

Combine 1 teaspoon chopped parsley, 1 teaspoon hot water, and 1 tablespoon olive oil; mix well. Moisten the face with warm water then rub the olive mixture over the skin. Leave on for 5 minutes then wipe clean with a soft cloth.


olive oil remedies

Non-Food Uses For Olive Pomace Oil

Polish furniture

Lightly rub olive oil on water or alcohol spots to restore the polish to damaged wood.

Polish brass

Lightly rub the metal with a small cloth moistened with olive oil.


Apply a small drop, wiping off any excess, to a stuck zipper to release a snap and allow the zipper to move freely. Be careful not to get any oil on the fabric around the zipper, it may cause a stain.

Polishing shoes

Olive oil when rubbed on will keep leather smooth and supple.

Restoring leather

Combine olive oil and Vaseline to restore cracked, dry leather.